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What will your drink cost this Christmas

Who will you spend Christmas with? A Paramedic, a Firefighter or even a Police Officer?

This festive season, as many of us drink more than intended, and we're urging you to think about how and who you could spend Christmas with.

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The Safer Cornwall partnership festive safe drinking campaign "What Will Your Drink Cost?" is asking anyone out enjoying festivities over the coming weeks to drink sensibly while enjoying Cornwall and Christmas.

The campaign not only ask you to think how your evening might end amd what the impact could be, but also how to drink sensibly busting some common drinking myths!

Raph is a specialist paramedic who explains why sticking to one type of alcohol doesn't mean you can drink more.

Other myths include:

  • Having a tactical chunder doesn't get rid of the effects of alcohol - as the alcohol will already be absorbed into your blood, and you could end up very drunk and needing to go to hopsital
  • Drinking coffee doesn't sober you up, and it's not a way to help you drive home. The coffee just masks the effect by making you feel less tired
  • Having a large meal before you go out doesn't give you the ability to drink more, it just makes the alcohol hang around longer in your system and you could end up drinking too much and getting yourself more drunk
  • If you've had more than a couple the night before, you won't be okay to drive the next morning, as it could take over 12 hours for the alcohol to leave your body and be safe to drive. You could end up losing your licence
  • Taking paracentamol before bed doesn't help your hangover, it's really bad for your kidneys and the effect wears off while you're asleep. You're better off taking them in the morning when you wake up.

Drinking too much can impact on our already stretched services such as the NHS and Police force. Those services will be more than happy to help if you really need it, but they don’t really want to spend time with you because you’ve had too much to drink.

Drinking more than normal can bring on a false sense of confidence. This can lead to bad choices or decisions, such as drink driving or getting into arguments and fights. In a few cases, this can lead to people ending up in hospital, losing their drivers licence, getting fined, being arrested, or having accidents which put themselves or other people in danger.

The Council and its partners hope everyone enjoys the festive season, go out and have fun but please drink sensibly, and to plan how you'll get home safely.

We don’t want to be the Christmas Grinch and say that you shouldn’t drink at all, because we know that for most of us that’s not going to happen! What we’re asking is that people go out and have fun in a way that doesn’t impact on others, or potentially affect their own future. 

Here's Jez Bayes, our Alcohol Strategy Lead giving us some top tips to enjoy Cornwall and drink sensibly this festive season:

  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks or water
  • Keep an eye on your drink when out, and don’t get to the point where you wouldn’t notice if someone spiked you
  • Plan how you will get home – book a taxi in advance, organise a lift, or have a designated driver in your group
  • Don’t attempt to reason with people who have drunk too much